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Positivity Part 2: Change Your Outlook (Guest Blog)

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a series of guest blog posts about the power of positivity.  Find part one here. PMA! PMA! Is what we heard for a week in cheerleading camp.  At first, we were all confused.  What is PMA? Finally, they let us in on the secret.  PMA stands for Positive […]

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a series of guest blog posts about the power of positivity.  Find part one here.

PMA! PMA! Is what we heard for a week in cheerleading camp.  At first, we were all confused.  What is PMA? Finally, they let us in on the secret.  PMA stands for Positive Mental Attitude.  It’s been a long time since I was at cheerleading camp, but PMA has stuck with me all these years.  In all my activities, relationships, jobs, etc… I try to always incorporate an attitude of positivity.

Contrary to what you might think, having a positive attitude isn’t all sweetness and naivete.  Having a positive attitude takes work.  Having a positive attitude takes a conscience mind shift from negative to positive and takes daily and sometimes even hourly practice.  A positive attitude takes strength of mind and perseverance.

So, why am I suggesting that you promote positivity in your life and in your workplace?  In my opinion, having a positive attitude can change your life!  When your mind is thinking in a positive tone your brain can be more open to new possibilities increasing your creativity and fostering success.  Plus, there are amazing health benefits!  According to the Mayo Clinic, a positive attitude can attribute to:

Increased life span

Lower rates of depression

Lower levels of distress

Greater resistance to the common cold

Better psychological and physical wellbeing

Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease

Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress.

Positivity

Changing the way you view your circumstances can change your overall attitude.

I’ve heard a lot of people use the excuse of being a natural pessimist as the reason why they don’t have a positive attitude. If your first tendency is toward a pessimistic attitude or negative thoughts, you can change your mind by switching how you view your circumstances.  Literally, you can change your mind.  Stop the negative self-talk and replace it with positive self-talk.  You may have heard about the Vietnam war veteran that- while he was captive- played a round of golf every day in his head. And when he was released, his golf game had improved.  You might also know that competitive sports psychologists encourage their athletes to visualize their actions, and the result is improved output. Let’s translate this into the workplace. You are asked to give a presentation, but you are nervous about doing a good job.  Practice makes perfect and using positive self-talk and visualizing the outcome is a great way to start to allow your brain the opportunity to create the outcome that you want.

Here’s another example, let’s say you have made an error.  A pessimistic attitude can send you perseverating on the error and not allow you to free up your mind to think on how to reconcile your error.  It may even cause you to make even more mistakes.  A positive attitude will help you learn from your mistakes and will help you have more overall success.

So, if you don’t mind allowing me to suggest that starting today, we all take a minute or two each day to practice positivity. Stop the negative self-talk and replace it with visualizing a positive outcome.  Ready?!  OKAY!

Kim Tracy is a Customer Experience Professional with Xceleration’s Atlanta, GA office.

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